Some families show up at my son’s school looking perfect.
Kid’s hair styled, shoes cleaned, stains removed. And while I can appreciate those families, more power to ‘em…That’s not us.
Our boys are overly-loved and very well cared for. But our car being clean as they get dropped off, or their clothes matching, those are the least of my concerns. On the contrary. If choosing their owns clothes brings a self-confident smile to their face, that’s what we’re going to do!
Which has me thinking about you and your staff.
Those people who support you every day, the people you poured yourself into just before and right after hiring them. Do you hover over those people, trying to create perfection around every item they touch? Are you controlling to a level where they never feel free to step into their own shoes and own the work they produce? You’re probably saying,
“Oh no. Not me. I’d never do that.”
But if you think hard, on certain levels you do. I do. Because anyone with a hired team, “controls” their success to a certain extent & we can all do better. That line between “leadership” and “hovering” can become easily blurred if we’re not careful.
But the best know we need to let ‘em loose. For everyone to achieve at the highest levels & feel satisfaction up Maslow’s hierarchy, leaders MUST give up control. You need to have faith in your training, in your culture, in your processes and hiring decisions. Then let everyone own their piece. If you have the right people on board, you’ll be amazed at what happens.
This coming from a guy who “dresses” his kids in denim shirts, gym shorts and cowboy boots.